Owens on Koons

After writing three and a half posts on Jeff Koons, I naturally took an interest in the comments by artists in the September 2014 Artforum, Koons on the cover. Laura Owens in particular was really good; devastating, but true to her experience of the work, which she never left for a second. She manages to be critical without making any criticism, a skill I associate with the laid back intensity of California and it’s highly competitive inclusiveness, but also seems completely adequate to conditions today anywhere on this overpopulated planet. Intensely present with the work—she gave it a good look, not a moral evaluation.

Close up detail of a Jeff Koons balloon dog, stainless steel with an applied transparent blue coating. Technically high level, wound up tight, looks like an inverted sphincter.

Close up detail of a Jeff Koons balloon dog, stainless steel with an applied transparent blue coating. Technically high level, wound up tight, looks like an inverted sphincter.

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